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Events - 11.16.2021

Building Blocks
for a Hydrogen Economy

hydrogen storage tank  



11.16.2021 (Tue.)


12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (PST)





JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to collaborate with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to gather a panel of leading private sector voices to highlight efforts to realize a hydrogen economy.

An emerging solution to the global climate crisis, hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that can be used in various sectors, including passenger vehicles and electricity generation. Meanwhile, a hydrogen economy requires coordination among many actors to set up the process for producing the hydrogen, transporting it, and having the equipment to use it. This event illuminates efforts and experiences in advancing hydrogen use in the transportation, power generation, and industrial sectors. This is the first of two events that aim to appreciate various business models as building blocks for a hydrogen economy.

Featured Speakers

Bill Elrick
Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Izumi Kai
President, JERA Energy America, LLC

Toru Sugiura
Senior Manager, Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.


CSIS Expert

Jane Nakano | Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Jane Nakano is a senior fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research interests include U.S. energy policy; global market and policy developments concerning natural gas, nuclear energy, and critical minerals; and energy security and climate issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

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She frequently writes and speaks on these issues at domestic and international conferences and to media around the world. She has also testified before Congress on China's competitiveness in energy technology manufacturing and exports as well as U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on U.S.-China nuclear energy cooperation. Prior to joining CSIS in 2010, Nakano worked in the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy, where she covered a host of energy, economic, and political issues in Asia. From 2001 to 2002, she served at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo as a special assistant to the energy attaché. Nakano graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Connecting Hydrogen Supply and Demand

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